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USS Alaska (SSBN-732)
USS Alaska (SSBN-732)
USS Alaska (SSBN-732)
Career (US)
Namesake: The U.S. state of Alaska
Ordered: 27 February 1978
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 9 March 1983
Launched: 12 January 1985
Sponsored by: Mrs. Catherine Stevens
Commissioned: 25 January 1986
Homeport: Kings Bay, Georgia
Motto: Alert, Confident, Able
Status: in active service, as of 2022
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General characteristics
Class & type: Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine
  • 16,764 metric tons (16,499 long tons) surfaced[1][2]
  • 18,750 metric tons (18,450 long tons) submerged[1]
Length: 560 ft (170 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)[1]
Draft: 38 ft (12 m)
  • 1 × S8G PWR nuclear reactor[1]
  • 2 × geared turbines[1]
  • 1 × 325 hp (242 kW) auxiliary motor
  • 1 × shaft @ 60,000 shp (45,000 kW)[1]
Speed: Greater than 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)[3]
Test depth: Greater than 800 feet (240 m)[3]
  • MK-48 torpedoes
  • 24 × Trident II D-5 ballistic missiles
  • USS Alaska (SSBN-732), is a United States Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine which has been in commission since 1986. She is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named for the Territory or State of Alaska.

    Construction and commissioning

    The contract to build Alaska was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 27 February 1978 and her keel was laid down there on 9 March 1983. She was launched on 12 January 1985, sponsored by Mrs. Catherine Stevens, and commissioned on 25 January 1986, with Captain Paul L. Callahan in command of the Blue Crew and Captain Charles J. Chotvacs in command of the Gold Crew.

    Service history

    Alaska's original home port was Bangor, Washington. Alaska's current home port is Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia.

    The Alaska was awarded the 2011 and 2012 Navy Battle Effectiveness "E" ("Battle E") award for being the most valuable strategic asset based out of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. In a testament to her both BLUE and GOLD crews' extraordinary work ethic and drive for mission accomplishment, she also received the coveted Commander, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Omaha Trophy for both 2011 and 2012 for being the best SSBN throughout the fleet. The Omaha Trophy reflects the command's primary missions, emphasis on strategic deterrence, and evolving role in global operations.[4][5][6][7]



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